Once a Dojo member reaches the rank of 5th Kyu (Yellow Belt), membership is required in both the Dojo and the United States Aikido Federation (USAF). USAF dues then must be paid for the entire year when the student reaches this rank. Yearly membership dues are due by the established deadlines outlined in this document. After this deadline a late fee will be assessed. After two months, the member’s rights and rank may be suspended in the Dojo and the USAF until all past dues and late fees are paid. Only Sensei or the Dojo-Cho will determine reinstatement of one or both memberships. Membership in the USAF is required at the time a Dojo member reaches the rank of 5th Kyu. The purchase and issue of a Yukyusha book is also required at this time.